Job and Internship Opportunities Announcements

This page is for job and internship opportunities from within and outside of the NREM Department. Postings will be deleted once application periods are over. 


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Please see attched flier for more information on this position in NREM.



UG Assistant in Remote Sensing

We are looking for a motivated undergraduate student to work on Remote Sensing of Vegetation Phenology. The student assistant will assist in data intensive research that will explore the utility of new-generation weather satellites operated by NOAA for characterizing the phenology (seasonal changes) of vegetation and their relationship with climate change. The project will be using remotely sensed image data from polar-orbiting satellites and geostationary satellites, and compare the vegetation phenology information obtained from the satellites with ground-based measurements of carbon and radiation fluxes. 

The work will provide an excellent hands-on experience particularly to those who are in or interested in the Image and Data Science specialization. This is a paid position and the hiring will be made through the SECE. 

Feel free to contact Dr. Tomoaki Miura ( if you have interest and/or any questions.


Internal Postdoc Opportunities




Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Water Quality/Stream Animals Monitoring (1 intern):

Full-time Office/Field Assistant (Data/Logistics/Outreach), Kaua’i Forest Bird Recovery Project (KFBRP; Hanapepe/Alakai Wilderness Preserve/Remote)

Description: The Office/Field Assistant performs general program support to maintain a forest bird research and recovery program in three areas: 1) data entry, management, and summary; 2) logistical support and coordination; and 3) outreach and sampling life cycle of disease- carrying Culex mosquitoes in core bird habitat. Under 1), duties include data entry and digitizing in Excel, Access and cloud-based databases, and summary and interpretation of data using graphs, tables, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Data include forest bird population surveys and monitoring, and predator control and mapping species locations. Under 2), duties include maintenance of project vehicles and inventory, care and maintenance of project equipment and tools. Helps maintain computers and network. Assists in scheduling logistics, such as helicopter operations. Tracks helicopter usage and invoices. Assists with procurement. Under 3), duties include navigate off-trail using GPS and Avenza, basic data entry and manipulation. participating in and supporting project’s public relations outreach programs and producing outreach materials, including for social media. Must adhere to safety, equipment use and invasive species prevention protocols. Worker will be trained in necessary software (e.g., GIS, WordPress). The position will mostly be based out of our office and baseyard with occasional telework.

Qualifications: High school diploma or GED required; at least some college education preferred. Requires a high degree of attention to detail for data management, data digitizing, data entry and proofing, as well as equipment management and data collection, which includes repetitive tasks. Strong technical capabilities (MS Office (Word, Excel), Google Suite, social media, remote work, basic photo editing). Excellent writing skills. Problem solving. Ability to work independently and with a small team. Ability to effectively manage projects and balance time/schedule on multiple tasks. Working knowledge of maintenance of computer workstations. Inventory management experience is a plus. Applicants should be physically fit and able to navigate rugged and complex terrain. A desire to help prevent the extinction of our native forest birds. Effective January 4, our employer's Covid-19 policy will require mandatory vaccination of all new and current employees working in the United States, except those who request and are granted a religious or medical accommodation to be exempted.

Salary/Benefits/Requirements: exact information can be found at

  • Starts at $14.00 per hour (Paid biweekly), Medical Insurance (Full-time employees only)
  • The minimum age required is 17 and there are no upper age limits.
  • Applicants must be a US Citizen, US National, US Permanent Resident, or otherwise legally allowed to work in the United States.
  • Participants must confirm that they have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by signing the affidavit within the application.

To Apply: Send an up-to-date resume, names and contact information of three references, and cover letter describing why this opportunity interests you to

NAU Assistant Professor in Indigenous Forestry

The School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University is currently hiring an Assistant Professor focused on Indigenous Forestry. Please see the attached flier for more information on the position and how to apply. Contact Dr. Carol Chambers with any inquiries. 

The application will remain open until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin on January 22, 2022.

California Fish & Wildlife

California Fish & Wildlife is hiring for an environmental scientist to be the invertebrate lead for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Fish Restoration Program Monitoring Team. They are looking for someone who can both lead field work and work with large datasets. It’s a good opportunity to do cool science and contribute to restoration.

Application closes Jan 14th. (There are also lots of current openings with the state of California right now with for other positions that don’t require field work and analysis.)

Large-scale tidal wetland restoration undertaken by the Fish Restoration Program (FRP) in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh is meant to provide food resources and habitat for endangered and threatened fishes, but will it? Join the team conducting the effectiveness monitoring to answer that question! The FRP Monitoring Team is seeking a highly motivated scientist to lead the charge in assessing how macroinvertebrate and zooplankton communities and abundance change due to restoration. The position involves leading periodically intense bouts of boat-based field work, wrangling and analysis of large datasets, writing for multiple audiences, and collaborating with scientists from a variety of disciplines and organizations. Your teammates would include a close-knit small team of Environmental Scientists leading similar program components focused on fish communities, invertebrate taxonomy, and water quality and primary productivity. Apply by the final filing date for the opportunity to make a difference in the understanding and management of one of California's most dynamic and impacted ecosystems.

National Ecological Observatory Network -  Temporary Field Technicians

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale observation facility funded by the National Science Foundation and operated by Battelle. The NEON program is designed to collect long-term, open access ecological data to better understand how U.S. ecosystems are changing, from freshwater systems such as streams, rivers, and lakes to terrestrial systems spanning tropical forests to deserts to tundra. The Observatory includes more than 500 personnel; we depend on our scientists to collect observational data and samples, to monitor automated instrumented systems that collect terrestrial and aquatic data, and to facilitate our airborne observation platform that captures remote sensing data of regional landscapes and vegetation. 

We are currently seeking Temporary Field Technicians. These positions are located in Hilo, HI.


Start Date: April 2022

End Date: November 2022 


Temporary Field Technicians perform seasonal and periodic sampling of physical, chemical and biological data, while exercising good judgement and decision-making abilities to interpret protocol requirements. Temporary Field Technicians are assigned an area of primary responsibility within the scope of data collection: botany, entomology, mammalogy (except Puerto Rico and Hawaii), or limnology (except Hawaii).  

Field observations and collection are conducted using approximately 30 different protocols and multiple Standard Operating Procedures with varying schedule requirements based on local ecosystem and current field conditions. 

Individuals are responsible for their own housing and transportation to primary work location.


  *   Performs field assignments in a variety of conditions (e.g., weather, terrain, diverse assigned biomes, etc.). 
  *   Follows established, standardized field procedures for sample collection; records data from sample collection in handheld tablets, computers, etc.; and processes samples. 
  *   Records activities and completed work according to Field Operations protocol. 
  *   Follows safety and Field Operations policy and procedures. 
  *   Reports issues with implementation of procedures and coordinates resolution with manager and technicians. 
  *   Assists with routine administrative duties, special projects and other duties as assigned. 
  *   Carries, moves and lifts field supplies (pack weighing up to 40 lbs.) to assigned field site (which involves diverse and uneven terrain).


  *   High School Diploma.  Some post high school, specialized training or technical certificate may be required. 
  *   Knowledge of best practices for accurate and repeatable field and laboratory measurements across multiple scientific disciplines. Complex and variable systems require judgment and independent decision-making abilities 
  *   Technical skills using best practices in field and ability to identify aquatic or terrestrial flora and fauna to genus and species.  
  *   Willingness and ability to learn and perform procedures and methods outside of the primary responsibility.  
  *   Willingness to perform maintenance and field sampling outdoors in sparsely populated, remote locations, with distances ranging from 1/2 hour to 6 hours from the domain office. Overnight travel, hiking off trail, and wading in water are typical in most locations. 
  *   Ability and willingness to work varied field operations schedules (up to 12+ hours per day), including split-shift, part-time, pre-dawn early mornings, evenings and weekends.  
  *   Ability to hike off trail, long distances, on uneven terrain, at remote locations, in all types of weather, carrying packs weighing up to 40lbs. 
  *   Ability to work on instrument towers ranging in height from 26 feet to 240 feet and at altitudes of up to 11,000 feet (depending on assigned Domain), involving the ability to ascend and descend multiple flights of stairs. 
  *   Ability to withstand exposure to fumes, dust, and noise. Field work may require frequent exposure to toxicodendrons (e.g. poison ivy and poison oak), ticks, biting insects and other natural hazards.  
  *   Ability to follow written and verbal instructions. 
  *   High level of attention to detail and accuracy. 
  *   Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  *   Strong work ethic and enthusiasm. 

  *   Previous NEON Project field experience will be highly considered 
  *   Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of any employment Visa at this time.
  *   Employment is contingent on background screen, drug screen, motor vehicle records check and physical. 
  *   Must possess a current and valid State issued driver’s license with insurable Department of Motor vehicle record (parking violations excluded) as determined by Battelle’s insurance provider.


The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members.  No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle’s Legal Department.


$15.75 – $16.25 an hour

COVID-19 Vaccine

In compliance with President Biden’s Executive Order 14042 and the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force COVID-19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors, Battelle requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment and continued employment and to provide documentation that they are fully vaccinated.  Battelle will provide reasonable accommodations based on a qualified disability or medical condition through the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Rehabilitation Act or for a sincerely held religious belief under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (and related state laws).

Battelle is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact


Battelle is an equal opportunity employer.  We provide employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

For more information about our other openings, please visit

Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Council

The State of Hawaiʻi Department of Land & Natural Resources is hiring a Natural Resource Management Specialist (Invasive Species Coordinator). 

If you are passionate about protecting Hawaiʻi's natural and cultural resources, we would like you to join the team at HISC.  Please help us by sharing this job recruitment announcement widely with your networks. 

This leadership position based on Oʻahu is now in open recruitment until 30 applications are received. The purpose of the Natural Resource Management Specialist position is to coordinate the Division of Forestry and Wildlife invasive species program including the administration of the Hawaii Invasive Species Council. This position is located in the DLNR DOFAW Watershed Protection & Management Section with responsibilities to organize and implement statewide programs to protect Hawaiʻi’s forests and terrestrial ecosystems from alien species of plants, animals, and microorganisms.

This Natural Resource Management Specialist supports the Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Council (HISC), a cabinet-level, multi-agency body that addresses invasive species issues affecting natural resources, agriculture, human health, tourism and economy, and way of life in Hawaiʻi. The HISC program is administered by DOFAW which coordinates meetings, develops strategic plans, and manages a budget of over $5,000,000. In addition, the Invasive Species Coordinator develops testimony and legislation relating to invasive species for the DLNR. The position also works closely with the other State, Federal, and private organizations, and individuals to coordinate invasive species programs and improve biosecurity for the State of Hawaiʻi. Finally, the position provides technical expertise on invasive species and biosecurity to the DLNR, partners, and the public.

To learn more:


List of Internship Opportunities that can be used towards NREM Internship Experience requirement (NREM 492):

Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii

Internship opportunities are available at Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii. Internship dates are flexible. Students are asked to commit to 10 hours a week for a minimum of 2 months.

The application is via Typeform: 

Please contact if you have any questions.

Sustainable Coastlines Hawaiʻi (SCH) is a local nonprofit based on Oʻahu with a mission to inspire local communities to care for their coastlines. We do this through hands-on beach cleanups, plastic pollution education, and waste diversion services. You can find more information about our organization here.

We are looking for the following positions: 


A creative, self-motivated, and organized Communications InternThis intern will assist the communications manager with media coverage and outreach, volunteer and donor communication, and keeping our online systems organized. To apply for the Communications Internship, please fill out this form.


A creative, innovative, and organized Social Media Intern. This person will assist the communications manager in expanding social media reach and exploring ways to engage with new and existing followers. To apply for the Social Media Internship, please fill out this form.


A creative, innovative, and self-motivated Video Production Intern. This person will assist the communications manager in cleanup and event coverage, producing videos for the SCH YouTube channel, as well as short-form videos for brand awareness. To apply for the Video Production Internship, please fill out this form. 


A creative, motivated, and organized Merchandise Intern. This person will assist the communications manager and operations manager with growing product sales by creating an online merchandise shop on the Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii website. To apply for the Merchandise Internship, please fill out this form.

NREM Undergraduate Work/Study Internship at Makaʻalamihi Gardens in Kaneʻohe

Makaʻalamihi Gardens are located on 6 acres of property in the middle of the Kapunahala subdivision in Kaneʻohe, Hawaiʻi. This property has been in the family of Dr. Carl Evensen, former chair of the NREM Department, since 1897. Dr. Evensen’s grandfather, himself a horticulturist with UH Manoa, operated a nursery on the land and Carl grew up gardening on the site. Gerrit Evensen, Carl’s son, was a horticulturist as well and planted many unusual fruit trees and other flora throughout the grounds before he passed away in 2017. It was Gerrit’s dream to create a learning garden at Maka’alamihi and, since 2018 Carl and his wife, Stacy, have devoted their energies to furthering Gerrit’s vision. Specifically, it is their intent to become an accredited Public Garden as a way of honoring their son and his legacy.

Internship Scope of Work:
To qualify as a Public Garden with the American Public Gardens Association, one must document and maintain collections of plants for the purpose of public education and enjoyment. The work of the student intern will be to assist the Evensens as they continue to develop and manage their grounds as a Public Garden space. This will include using ecological landscape design methods to select appropriate species for planting, laying out pathways to foster access to garden spaces, periodic pruning, mulching, fertilizing and harvesting of the agroforest and other planted sections of the gardens. On the last Saturday of every month interested community members join in to help manage the grounds at Maka’alamihi Gardens. At each workday Dr. Evensen conducts a mini-workshop on various aspects of gardening and agroforest management. The student intern will be invited to join these workdays and assist in the mini-workshop as appropriate. Periodic public tours are also occasionally offered, and the student intern will be welcome to join these tours as well.

The Evensens are flexible and will work with the student intern to set a mutually acceptable schedule.

Please contact Dr. Carl Evensen if you are interested (​)

Environment for the Americas

Please check out the website here for a list of potential internships.

Akamai Internship Program

The Akamai Internship Program is an 8-week internship that offers college students from Hawai‘i an opportunity to gain summer work experience at an observatory, company, or scientific/technical facility in Hawai‘i. The program has placements for students from community colleges and four-year universities from a wide range of STEM majors. Akamai is a unique program with a long history of success. There are now 451 Akamai alumni, and more than 250 are working in STEM jobs.

For more information about the Akamai Program and the link to the application, please go to!

Deadline for completed applications is February 14, 2022.

Program dates: Sunday, June 5 - Friday, August 5, 2022.

Questions?  Email us at, or submit your questions using this simple form.

Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES)


We are excited to announce that the PIPES summer 2022 program application is now open! 

The summer 2022 PIPES program is expected to run from May 31st to August 5th, 2022 on Hawaiʻi Island only. In addition to shifting our program activities and internships to Hawaiʻi Island, we have also updated our eligibility requirements for the 2022 program. We encourage those who are interested to read through the Program Eligibility section of our website before applying. 

The online application, along with the documents applicants will need to submit can be found on our website

Please contact us if you have any questions: or (808) 933-3186


Social Media for Climate Activism
FIVE HOURS PER WEEK, January 24- April 4, 2022 / Virtual Internship
Gain valuable practical experience working with a team of students from across the world in the development, execution and assessment of a social media campaign in support of a global climate education project, The WorldWide Teach-In on Climate and Justice, set for March 30, 2022. This is a VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP.  You can participate from anywhere on the planet.  You must be available for group strategy meetings, presentations and on-line discussion Monday every week for 90 minutes, either from 8 PM - 9:30 PM ET or from 11 AM - 12:30 PM ET (New York time). In addition, you must commit to an additional three hours of group and individual work each week. The internship begins on January 24, 2022 and runs through April 4, 2022 for a total of 10 weeks. The internship is not paid. English language proficiency is required.
Climate change impacts are accelerating, and for many people, the past year has been a climate nightmare of flooding, fire, and record-shattering temperatures. And yet, we still have both the time and the tools to change the future. The work that we all do together over the next year, five years, ten years, will profoundly shape the world to come. In 2022, the social media interns will help engage half a million students, with their teachers, in serious dialog about what we can and must do to stabilize the climate.

Intern teams will design, deliver, and evaluate a social media campaign in support of The WorldWide Teach-In on Climate and Justice.  Guest speakers and discussion will focus on the theory and practice of using social media to engage audiences in climate action. Interns who complete the program will receive a certificate, and can request letters of recommendation from Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of the Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability, which is the organization sponsoring the internship. Please direct questions to

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Internships

The Muller-Landau lab at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) seeks full-time interns to participate in research on tropical forest ecology for 8-12 month, with possible start dates between January and June 2022. The internships will be based at STRI in Panama. If pandemic-related measures prevent in-person field work and other on-site activities at any time during the internship period, activities will continue fully virtually.

The interns will have the opportunity to gain experience in tropical forest ecology research including quality assurance/quality control of the relevant datasets, programming and running analyses in R and/or Python, and writing up results for scholarly publication. The successful candidates will work closely with staff scientist Dr. Helene Muller-Landau and members of her lab. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute is located in Panama, and is home to a vibrant scientific community of 30 staff scientists, over 100 graduate and postdoctoral fellows, and 1500 scientific visitors per year. Several project options are available, including (1) patterns, causes, and consequences of variation in liana infestation in tropical forests in Panama, and (2) quantifying landscape-level variation in forest structure and dynamics with mobile laser scanning and drone photogrammetry.

The ideal candidates have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, strong quantitative skills including statistics coursework and programming experience, strong English oral and written communication skills, and good Spanish oral communication skills. The positions are particularly well suited for candidates seeking more research experience prior to graduate school. The internships will be compensated with a modest stipend ($1000/month); additional funds will be provided for roundtrip travel to Panama if/when relevant.

To apply, please email a (1) CV, (2) an unofficial undergraduate transcript (with an explanation of the grading scheme if from a non-US university), (3) a scientific writing sample, preferably in English but can be in Spanish (e.g., undergraduate thesis, lab report, research paper), (4) a sample of code you have written (in R, Python or another language with commenting), and (5) a cover letter describing your qualifications, interest in the position, potential start dates, and contact information for 3 references to

*These internships will be open until filled.

Kupu Hawaiʻi Youth Conservation Corps Summer 2022

Kupu is seeking individuals to participate in their upcoming Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps. If you or someone you know, is passionate about learning how to improve and preserve Hawai‘i’s natural resources and cultural landscape and want to make a difference to the community, then consider applying to our upcoming summer cohort


The Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps Summer Program offers an intensive hands-on experience into the world of conservation. This year Kupu is inviting applicants to apply on Kauaʻi, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui, and Hawaiʻi Island.

Program Duration: June 7th - July 22rd
Application DeadlineFebruary 25th

If selected, participants are partnered within a team of 5-7 other like minded individuals which serve alongside one another for the duration of the 7-weeks. Each week they will get to explore and serve within a different partner site, bringing with it new adventures, challenges, learnings and opportunities for personal growth. Participants will get to learn about a variety of ecosystems, natural resource management techniques and cultural practices unique to Hawai‘i all while giving back through service. One week they might be chest deep sifting through a loʻi, then the next they might be on the side of a mountain restoring the native watershed. 

There are two ways to participate, either as a Team Member or Team Leader. Members are typically between the ages of 17 - 22, don't necessarily need any prior environmental experience, instead the ideal applicant is someone with a positive attitude, curious about nature, interested in learning, and has a desire to strengthen their community through service.

In addition to the First Aid & CPR certification, members receive a $500 monetary stipend, and $1,311 AmeriCorps Education Award (similar to a scholarship), gain valuable experiential environmental education, build close relationships with their peers and will further develop their own personal skills in the areas of leadership, organization, team work, and decision-making. These skills will be relevant no matter the career they choose to pursue, and will instill an appreciation for the land and what it provides.

The Team Leaders don’t mind extra responsibility. They are the backbone for the team, responsible for assisting, coordinating and inspiring the members each day. Ideally, the leaders are 21+ years and older, have experience in leading groups and have knowledge pertaining to unique Hawaiʻi native plants, and customs. They play an integral role in the success of the program and forming the experience the members have. As a result, their benefits are different from the members, they will receive a $12.50 hourly wage rate with fringe benefits, plus overtime.

This experience is a unique opportunity to grow, spend a summer outdoors learning and building relationships, and an opportunity to positively impact both the community and environment. If you have any questions check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or feel free to contact the team via email: or by phone: (808) 735-1221 x2001. If you think that this is something someone you know would benefit from, please share this and encourage them to contact us.

Aloha amazing CTAHR faculty!

Welcome to the new semester. Hope all is going as smoothly as possible.

We have two PAID internship opportunities to share with your students. 

These are with Ultimate Innovations, landscaping & plant nursery, in Waimanalo and Hartung Brothers in Maui.

Both companies have expressed an eagerness to work with our CTAHR students, as they know they are top notch.

The landing page has information on each of the companies and instructions on how to apply.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all!

Take Care,

Jessie Radovich
Educational Specialist
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

Academic & Student Affairs Office
University of Hawai’i - Manoa
O: 808.956.4162
C: 808.294.3041



M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship – University of Hawaii at Hilo
Hawaii Cooperative Fishery Research Unit

$25,908 – Full Time   

Responsibilities: We are seeking a motivated student interested in research related to flow ecology and invasive species in Hawaiian stream systems. The successful candidate will be required to collect fishes from locations on Hawaii Island, maintain them in captivity, and conduct swim tunnel respirometry studies with them. The candidate will work with a broad range of collaborators of different backgrounds from state, federal, and local community partners.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications are a B.S. degree in fisheries science or related fields in ecology, biology, or natural resource management and a valid driver’s license. Desired qualifications include demonstrated proficiency in technical writing, statistical analyses, maintaining fishes in captivity, collecting fishes in the field, and working collaboratively as part of a research team.

Contact: Please contact Dr. Tim Grabowski ( via email for further details or to apply. If applying, include a cover letter describing your qualifications and professional goals; 2) a CV; 3) names and contact information for three references; and 4) unofficial copies of undergraduate transcripts. Formal acceptance to the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Graduate Program at the University of Hawaii at Hilo will be required of the successful candidate after selection.

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (Spring-Summer 2022)

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is recruiting possibly 1-2 graduate research assistant positions for Spring & Summer 2022, and possibly Fall 2022 (additional renewals are contingent on satisfactory performance and funding availability). This RA Position is 11-month appointment, step 09, at 50% FTE (or 20 hours/week), and tuition will be covered.

Eligibility for Graduate Assistantships are listed at the Graduate Education website and incoming graduate students will be eligible: Required application materials submitted are: Cover letter outlining relevant experience and skills for this RA position you are applying for, current curriculum vitae, and two letters of reference (email is sufficient) from a professional and/or academic referee. Send the application materials immediately via email to Thao Le, The first review of applicants begins immediately, and continues until a suitable GA is hired. Renewals and subsequent UHM semesters are based on adequate performance.

This graduate assistant will support research and extension work of the FRSAN (Farm Ranch Stress Assistance Network) funded by USDA/NIFA to support farmers/ranchers/agricultural producers and allied workers’ physical and mental health and wellbeing. Since this position is being funded by CTAHR, priority will be given to CTAHR graduate students first, graduates of our college, and to other graduate students at UHM, with requisite job skills. Specific questions about GA duties will be answered by Thao Le, Principal Investigator,

One RA Position Farm Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN): Assist with a variety of project related tasks including literature review, needs assessment (conducting interviews), data analyses (quantitative and/or qualitative), social marketing, and educational materials development concerning farm/ranch/agricultural producers’ stress, health and wellbeing. This is a half-time GA position (20 hours/week) to provide project and research support.

Minimal Qualifications: Undergraduate degree and currently pursuing an advanced degree in related areas of human development and family sciences education, public health, or related
behavioral or social science fields (e.g., NREM with focus on social sciences, anthropology, sociology). Background, interests and experience in behavioral and social science, and/or agricultural sciences or sustainability. Documented research and writing skills. Skills in conducting needs assessment, analyzing and describing quantitative, qualitative, and program evaluation data including multivariate analyses. Familiarity and fluidity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, & conducting literature reviews and using programs to develop professional infographics, charts, and reports/briefings. Ability to complete weekly tasks independently and in a timely fashion. Documented work-place skills: reliability, responsibility, care in following directions, flexibility/adaptability and interest in learning new skills. Ability to travel to field site is desirable but not required.

Desirable qualifications: Behavioral sciences/mental health/transdisciplinary education or background/experiences. Experience in the promotion of healthy and resilient children, families, farmers, agricultural producers, communities; food systems; natural resources and sustainability; understand the relationship between complex and multidimensional factors that contribute to good health. Familiarity with APA, Chicago, or other publication style manuals. Knowledge and prior experience of quantitative (SPSS) or qualitative software (Nvivo), or development of educational materials is highly desirable.

MBBE 11-Month Graduate Research Assistantship

A graduate research opportunity for doctoral research is available at the Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa under Dr. Qing X. Li. The qualified GA candidate will study pesticide fate and leachability using field data and suitable predictive models. Pesticides are essential for agriculture production, but their uses have become an environmental concern due to their potential adverse effects. A critical need is to use effective, safe and non-leachable pesticides in Hawaii to manage pests, which requires evaluation of leaching potential of new pesticides submitted for registration and review of groundwater data of pesticide registered. This research project will focus on environmental pollutant fate and transport modeling as a tool to perform such evaluation. The project provides opportunities to collaborate with pesticide industry and government agencies.

The participant will be potentially involved in the following research activities:

  1. Review available pesticide predictive models and data of new pesticides submitted for registration in Hawaii
  2. Compare and evaluate those models for the transport and transformation of pesticides in the environment
  3. Enhance/apply state of the science for pesticides fate, transport and transformation modeling to address environmental concerns.
  4. Using GIS and hydrological and water quality modeling skills to seek and evaluate effective mitigation practices for minimizing potential water quality concerns

Minimum Qualifications: B.S. in Agricultural and Biosystem Engineering, Hydrology, Geography, Geology, Chemistry, Earth and Geosciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mathematics and Statistics and/or M.S. in those relative equivalent fields.

Desirable Qualifications: knowledge and understanding of GIS and hydrological modeling.

Minimum Salary: $1845/month (GA) (step 8)
Start Date: spring/summer 2022

To Apply: Send a letter of application, CV and contact information of two referees to:

Dr. Qing X. Li
Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Agricultural Sciences Building Rm 218
1955 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Tel: 808 956 2011
Fax: 808 956 3542

GIS Mapping for Family and Consumer Sciences

Please see the attached flyer for a social science GIS graduate research assistant opportunity. If there are any questions or concerns, please email Thao Le (

RA GIS Mapping Position

Graduate Research Assistant Opportunity (MS or PhD) in Du Lab

Du Lab ( of the Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering (MBBE, CTAHR, UHM) is recruiting a graduate student for bioengineering on designing, manufacturing, and testing photobioreactors for photosynthetic organisms such as microalgae and cyanobacteria. Microalgae research is a booming field. Microalgae and their concomitant derivatives are an increasingly promising source for sustainable materials and marketable bioproducts. Microalgae has a particular utility as a food and feed resource and nutraceutical supplement with regard to the provision of fatty acids, β-carotene, and astaxanthin, to name a few. A growing number of studies indicate that Hawaiian algal species are useful in animal and human consumption. In addition, over 70% of the oxygen in the atmosphere is produced by marine plants, in which algae contribute a significant part. They also can be employed as a remediating agent for other environmental events such as greenhouse gas emissions, changes in ocean acidity, and purification of runoff.

Although microalgae are vital to the biotech and ecology communities, the research on microalgae is restricted by the costly facilities and instruments. The propagation of algae at the laboratory scale is facilitated through reaction processes contained within a bioreactor unit, emulating natural environmental conditions to manage growth patterns. The current commercial devices are cost-prohibitive, small in capacity, and incomprehensive with regard to function for specific strains of algae. Through the fabrication of a custom bioreactor with a range of capabilities to meet the demands of the algal growth of various species, our design will become an essential tool for microalgae research globally. It can also promote local algae research and industry, taking advantage of the abundant tropical resources in Hawaii. The student will design and assemble the environmental photobioreactors that can control various environmental factors such as light intensity, temperature, and air supply. 

Minimum qualifications:
Bioengineering skills: CAD design; circuit board design and modification; basic computer programming; Good communication and writing skills in English

Desirable qualifications:
Knowledge of molecular biology and biochemistry; Cell culturing; Microscopy

Salary: $22,140 yr/$1845 mo plus health benefits

(Est) Start Date/Term: Jan 7, 2022

To apply, please send your CV and names & contacts for three professional references to Dr. Zhi-Yan (Rock) Du,
Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Molecular Biosciences & Bioengineering
University of Hawaii at Manoa

PhD Assistantships in Forest Biodiversity Conservation (Germany)

The DFG-funded Research Training Group "Conservation of Forest Biodiversity in Multiple use Landscapes of Central Europe" (ConFoBi) invites applications for 12 positions for doctoral researchers. The positions are available for three years, starting 1 July 2022.

The Research Training Group ConFoBi offers an inter- and transdisciplinary research and qualification programme which draws its novelty from the combination of multi-scale ecological studies on forest biodiversity with social and economic studies of biodiversity conservation. For more details see this website.

Flyer attached here: ConFoBi PhD Positions

ISR GAship

The UHM Office of the Provost, Institute for Sustainability and Resilience (ISR), is hiring for a Graduate Assistantship. Please see the link below to see the full job posting. The application closes on January 17, 2022.


USGS Postdoc Scientist: Environmental and Social Impacts of Energy and Mineral Production

The United States Geological Survey is recruiting a post-doctoral scientist focused on the complex social and environmental issues surrounding energy and/or minerals. If you are interested in socio-ecological systems, coupled human natural systems, the rise of renewable energy, mineral extraction and use, integrated science, ecosystem services, geospatial modelling, big data, etc, please contact us! The candidate will have latitude to pursue novel research that best suits their existing skills and disciplinary expertise within the broad topic of the fellowship. We encourage applicants from a wide range of disciplines and may, pending funding, hire a cluster of post docs.

The post-doc will work with project co-leads Seth Haines, Jay Diffendorfer, Emily Pindilli, and Darius Semmens as a well as wide network of collaborators. The location of position will depend on who the post-doc most wants to work with but will be either Reston, VA or Denver, CO. Annual salary: $84 -$86,000 depending on location with generous benefits.

The application process closes on January 6, 2022. 

The Mendenhall Program is described here, and the details of the research opportunity 20-39: “Integrating energy, mineral, and other natural resource information to support resource management decision-making,” here.

Mendenhall fellowships require applicants to submit a proposal addressing the research opportunity. This should be developed in collaboration with the project co-leads. If you plan to apply, please email any of the project co-leads with subject line “20-39 Mendenhall Post-doc.” 

For non-US Citizens. See this link. “Anyone can apply for a Research Opportunity; however, Mendenhall Fellowships are U.S. Government positions so the USGS must give preference to U.S. citizens. The hiring of citizens of other nations might be considered in very limited circumstances – if there are NO qualified U.S. citizen applicants, and if the person meets BOTH the appropriations act and immigration laws. Please refer to the Employment of non-citizens webpage on USAJobs for additional details.”

Any questions should be directed to
Seth Haines, 
Jay Diffendorfer, 
Emily Pindill, 
Darius Semmens,